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The Developer’s Guide to the Force.com Platform by Phil Choi, Andrew Fawcett, Glen Martin, Rick Greenwald

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Simple Deployment with the Force Platform IDE

The Force Platform includes two basic interfaces to the metadata that defines your objects and applications—the Force Platform Setup menu and the Force Platform IDE. You have seen how some declarative aspects of the platform are best addressed through the Force Platform Setup menu, while developing Apex code and, to some extent, Visualforce pages is best handled through the IDE.

So far, the process of development has focused on a single organization. Deployment in the Force Platform, by its very definition, is not about one organization, it is about moving configuration from one organization to another. This deployment process requires a tool that can log into two Force Platform organizations at once, ...

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